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'''Lewis Tappan''' (1788–1873) was a New York (state)|New York Abolitionism in the United States|abolitionist who worked to achieve the freedom of the illegally enslaved Ethnic groups of Africa|Africans of the ''La Amistad|Amistad''. Contacted by Connecticut abolitionists soon after the ''Amistad'' arrived in port, Tappan focused extensively on the captive Africans. He ensured the acquisition of high-quality lawyers for the captives, which led to their being set free after the case went to the United States Supreme Court. With Arthur Tappan|his brother Arthur, Tappan not only gained legal help and acquittal for the Africans, but also managed to increase public support and fundraising. Finally, he organized the return trip home to Africa for surviving members of the group. In addition, Tappan was among the founders of the American Missionary Association in 1846, which began more than 100 anti-slavery...
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